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Freshmen finding key roles for Tulane women ahead of Saturday’s game at last-place Houston

Associated Press photo by Mark WallheiserFlorida State's Shakayla Thomas guards Tulane forward Harlyn Wyatt during the first half of Thursday's game.

After losing consecutive home games to top-tier American Athletic Conference foes Temple and Connecticut, the Tulane women’s basketball team hits the road looking to get back on track. The Green Wave (15-7, 6-4) plays at last-place Houston (5-16, 1-9) at 2 p.m. Saturday followed by a key game Tuesday at second-place, No. 19 South Florida (16-5, 9-2),… Continue reading →

UCF keeps Tulane reeling 70-62

Tulane tried hard to end a five-game losing streak on Thursday at Fogelman Arena. However, Central Florida point guard Daiquan Walker stood in the way at every turn. Walker scored 33 points, as the Knights turned back the Green Wave 70-62 in an American Athletic Conference game. “Daiquan was really comfortable in what we were doing,”… Continue reading →

Tulane looking for offensive consistency vs. UCF

Louis Dabney could not hide his frustration last Saturday after a botched possession that symbolized Tulane’s entire basketball season. With the Green Wave trailing Tulsa by 12 near the 5:00 mark of the second half, he came up with a steal and raced for a layup that could have been a jolt of energy. Instead, his… Continue reading →

Tulane women no match for No. 1 UConn in 96-38 loss

Connecticut guard Moriah Jefferson (4) goes to the basket against Tulane guard Courtnie Latham (33) in the first half of an NCAA women's basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: LAGH101

Playing with precision on offense as well as smothering defense, No. 1-ranked Connecticut made quick work of the Tulane Green Wave in an American Athletic Conference game on Wednesday night at Fogelman Arena. In a display of overwhelming talent, size, depth and experience, UConn rolled past yet another foe, wiping out the Wave 96-38. It was UConn’s… Continue reading →

New football coach Willie Fritz pleased with the quality of his first recruiting class at Tulane

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- De'Andre Williams had 54 tackles, 13½ sacks, 17 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles as a senior at Scotlandville.

Given the difficult circumstances in which he started, new Tulane football coach Willie Fritz liked his first signing class. Two days after he took the job Dec. 14, the recruiting dead period began, preventing any face-to-face contact until Jan. 14. While he was evaluating players for the first week and a half, some of his assistants were preparing… Continue reading →

Coach Willie Fritz changes Tulane focus, turns to out-of-state recruits

Associated Press file photo by JOHN BAZEMORE -- New Tulane coach Willie Fritz has focused recruiting on players from Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Texas.

Hired to reverse Tulane’s fortunes on the field, new football coach Willie Fritz has started by dramatically altering the recruiting approach of predecessor Curtis Johnson. Barring a signing day surprise, the Green Wave will not have a single player in its 2016 class from Orleans Parish, its focal point for the past four years.… Continue reading →

Tulane faces explosive UConn

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, right, speaks with Moriah Jefferson (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Connecticut Huskies, winners of the last three NCAA women’s basketball championships and currently ranked No. 1 in every national poll, are beating American Athletic Conference opponents by an average of 48.7 points per game. However, Coach Geno Auriemma, with his team on a 57-game winning streak, felt the Huskies’ defense was not good enough,… Continue reading →

Tulane picks up three football commitments

Still waiting for a decision by high-profile quarterback Ty Pigrome, Tulane received three commitments on Sunday, including one from another quarterback and one from Pigrome’s high school teammate. Pigrome, a three-star recruit from Clay-Chalkville (Ala.), visited Maryland this weekend right after looking at Virginia Tech and lists Tulane, which he visited the weekend of Jan.… Continue reading →

University High defensive back/wide receiver Tre Jackson commits to Tulane

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --University High's Tre Jackson

Score a huge recruiting victory for new Tulane coach Willie Fritz and his staff. University High School defensive back/wide receiver Tre Jackson, a one-time commitment to Florida and then to South Carolina, committed to the Green Wave over Kansas State on Saturday. Jackson (5-foot-10 and 178 pounds), who tore an ACL four games into his senior… Continue reading →

Former Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee says he’s headed to Nebraska

Associated Press photo by MIKE GROLL -- Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee threw for 3,601 yards with 23 touchdowns and 25 interceptions the past two seasons.

Former Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee announced Saturday he was transferring to Nebraska. Lee, a Jesuit High product who obtained a release because he did not feel he was a good fit for new coach Willie Fritz’ offense, visited LSU the weekend of Jan. 15 but did not receive a scholarship offer. “This is an… Continue reading →

Freshmen need to find way out of funk for struggle Wave

Tulane guard Melvin Frazier, right, puts up a shot against Cincinnati forward Jacob Evans during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Halfway through the American Athletic Conference schedule, the Tulane men’s basketball team is exactly where the league’s coaches expected. That’s not good. Predicted to finish last by all but one voter, the Green Wave (8-14, 1-8 AAC) has slipped to the bottom of the standings heading into a trip to Tulsa (13-7, 5-3)… Continue reading →

Depth expected to be a strength for Tulane baseball team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tulane head coach David Pierce takes the field against Lehigh during the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, Saturday, May 30, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Tulane reached its first NCAA baseball regional since 2008 with solid pitching, sheer tenacity and occasional timely hitting under new coach David Pierce last season. As practice for year No. 2 opened Friday, the Green Wave expected a huge boost at the plate, which it will need to reach ambitious goals that include an American Athletic… Continue reading →

Tulane baseball coach has a reason to be a Broncos fan — Gary Kubiak is his brother-in-law

Associated Press photo by DAVID ZALUBOWSKI -- Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak talks to reporters after a practice at the team's headquarters in November. Kubiak attended high school with Tulane baseball coach David Pierce.

When the New England Patriots attempted a tying 2-point conversion against Denver with 12 seconds left in the AFC Championship Game, David Pierce was more tense than at any time during his first year as Tulane baseball coach. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is his brother-in-law. “The stress level was at its peak,” Pierce admitted two days after… Continue reading →

South Florida rules inside to power past Green Wave

Already beaten down by a series of demoralizing losses, the Tulane men’s basketball team got beaten up by South Florida in a battle of American Athletic Conference cellar dwellers. The Bulls scored 24 of their 36 first-half points in the lane and outrebounded Tulane 44-34 in a 73-60 victory Wednesday night at Devlin Fieldhouse, snapping a three-game… Continue reading →

Tulane women commit too many turnover in loss to Temple

Temple cut Tulane off at its source, rendering Green Wave point guard Leslie Vorpahl ineffective in Tuesday’s American Athletic Conference game at Fogelman Arena. Holding Vorpahl to eight points and two assists with their speedy guards and a tenacious trapping defense, the Owls scored 28 points off 23 turnovers and ran past the Wave 72-54. “We… Continue reading →

Sagging Tulane basketball team hopes for a bounceback against USF

Tulane guard Kain Harris, right, drives to the basket against Cincinnati guard Farad Cobb during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

South Florida, the cure-all for the Tulane men’s basketball team the past two years, will arrive at Devlin Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. This time, though, the Green Wave may be too beaten down to take advantage. After a 97-75 drubbing at Cincinnati on Sunday — during which Tulane trailed 27-5 six minutes into the game, 42-14… Continue reading →

Tulane faces Temple in key AAC women’s clash

Tulane guard Leslie Vorpahl talks with a referee during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Florida State defeated Tulane 78-72. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

There have been games featuring opponents this season that the Tulane’s women’s basketball team definitely has considered as big challenges. When the Green Wave (15-5, 6-2) plays Temple (11-7, 5-2) on Tuesday night at Fogelman Arena, it will be between two teams fighting for second place in the American Atheltic Conference, where three-time defending national champion Connecticut… Continue reading →

Two more under-the-radar recruits commit to Tulane this weekend

Indianola (Mississippi) Gentry offensive lineman Phabion Woodard and Madison (Alabama) Bob James running back Miles Strickland were not on Tulane’s radar before coach Willie Fritz was hired, and neither knew much of anything about Tulane. Yet, contacted in January for the first time, both committed to the Green Wave during their official visits this weekend, joining… Continue reading →

Tulane struggles to 97-75 loss at Cincinnati

Associated Press photo by Gary Landers -- Tulane forward Dylan Osetkowski drives to the basket against Bearcats forward Gary Clark during the second half Sunday in Cincinnati. Osetkowski scored nine points and had 10 rebounds in the Green Wave's 97-75 loss.

CINCINNATI — Shaq Thomas and Gary Clark scored 17 points each, and Cincinnati cruised by Tulane 97-75 on Sunday to give coach Mick Cronin his 200th men’s college basketball victory with the Bearcats. Cronin is 200-124 in 10 seasons at Cincinnati, second only to Bob Huggins (399). Farad Cobb added 16 points, and… Continue reading →

Tulane men looking for production from point guards

The last time the Tulane men’s basketball team traveled to Cincinnati, Jonathan Stark drained a contested 25-footer at the buzzer for a dramatic 50-49 victory on Valentine’s Day last year. It’s not true, but it seems as if the Green Wave point guards are still waiting for their next made shot. Stark transferred to Murray State… Continue reading →

Tulane women pull away to top East Carolina

Tulane women’s basketball coach Lisa Stockton put her arms around the Green Wave’s two starting guards, Leslie Vorpahl and Kolby Morgan, after Saturday’s game against East Carolina. For good reason. The two combined for 45 points and helped Tulane fend off the Pirates down the stretch, as the Green Wave took a 78-73 American Athletic Conference victory at… Continue reading →

Tulane women open pivotal homestand Saturday against East Carolina

Tulane coach Lisa Stockton (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

The Tulane women’s basketball team’s two road victories this past week let it climb into a tie for second place in the American Athletic Conference and bounce back from a home loss to South Florida. But the wins at Tulsa and SMU also were significant because of what lies ahead. Tulane (14-5, 5-2) returns home… Continue reading →

Jason Rollins leaves Tulane staff; Jeff Conway joins as receivers coach

New Tulane football coach Willie Fritz is hiring another connection from his past, while the Green Wave’s last coaching tie to Curtis Johnson has been severed. Defensive backs coach Jason Rollins, the only Johnson assistant Fritz retained when he was hired in December, confirmed Wednesday night he was leaving to join the staff of new University… Continue reading →

Troy Dannen’s goals: Bring enthusiasm, energy and winners to Tulane

Photo courtesy Tulane Athletics -- New athletic director Troy Dannen poses in Yulman Stadium in January 2016.

The crowd is jammed in shoulder-to-shoulder at Bruno’s Tavern on a mid-January Wednesday evening. Patrons stand in near silence as they try to listen to speakers who are standing atop a plywood box-turned-makeshift stage. This isn’t the typical Uptown happy hour. Instead, it’s a group of Tulane’s most ardent supporters, eager to hear when their investment,… Continue reading →

Tulane men fall 60-42 at Connecticut

Connecticut's Kentan Facey, left, and Tulanes Blake Paul fight for a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Shonn Miller scored 18 points, and Connecticut rolled to a 60-42 victory over Tulane on Tuesday night. Miller shot 7 of 16 from the floor. Omar Calhoun added 12 points for the Huskies (13-5, 4-2 AAC), who have won eight of their past 10 games. It was the fewest points Connecticut has… Continue reading →

Tulane on the road to faces UConn in AAC rematch

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Malik Morgan (13) breezes by Nic Moore (11) and shoots during the first half of the Tulane vs. SMU basketball game at Tulane's Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.

After coming up short on Sunday in an intense struggle against unbeaten SMU, the Tulane men’s basketball team has no time to rest and recover. Next on the agenda is a Tuesday night rematch with Connecticut at the XL Center in Hartford. The Huskies (12-5, 3-2) beat the Green Wave (8-11, 1-5) 75-67 at Devlin Fieldhouse… Continue reading →